Sarah Odell, Team USA
Sarah Odell has been competing in Israel as a member of the US Squash Team at the Maccabiah Games, where 7,000 athletes from 60 countries are competing for medals and bonding over their common Jewish heritage. Among the participants is American swimmer Jason Lezak, whose role as anchor in the freestyle relay at the Bejing Olympics helped Michael Phelps capture one of his eight gold medals. Read a complete account of Sarah’s experience here. I wondered what it felt like to compete for the USA and – yep – whether the balls really ARE bouncier in the heat. Oh, and the results. Here’s what Sarah shares:
By Sarah Odell
Once I stepped on the court for the team matches, I felt just as competitive as at any other match. The venue itself isn’t much larger than any of our college arenas, but there are more fans.
The difference between this and other competitions is that after the matches, regardless of the outcome, all of the athletes have a great camaraderie.